Payroll Processors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.71 per hour for pay. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,590 - $54,398
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MEDIAN: $40,341
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$11.83 - $20.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,590 - $54,398  
   
Bonus
$600 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$25,300 - $48,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $20.74  
   
Overtime
$16.67 - $31.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$600 - $5,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,300 - $48,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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There are some Payroll Processors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Payroll Processors, where earnings are an average $47K annually. When Payroll Processors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Payroll Specialists or Payroll Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Payroll Processors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $33K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $36K. On average, Payroll Processors make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Key Stats for Payroll Processor

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries



Payroll Tax Compliance
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$35,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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